Menopause is a natural transition and happens for every woman. The term is generally used to encompass the whole of a long-lasting process that altogether relates to the end of a woman’s fertility, also known as the ‘change in life’. Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It's diagnosed after you've gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.
This change is perfectly normal and a healthy body will constantly adjust to change. However, in today’s environment, a number of factors can change the body’s ability to adapt to change, including environmental toxins, poor nutrition, a lack of essential minerals and the stress of juggling work and domestic life.
What Defines Menopause?
When a woman enters menopause she steps biologically out of the primary child-bearing role and the hormones related to this function begin to diminish. However, there is still a vital, health-enhancing role for her reproductive hormones that now has nothing to do with reproduction and everything to do with maintaining good health. Hormone receptors are found on almost every organ in the body and are essential for our health and well being.
Menopause is preceded by perimenopause, which is where the hormones begin to fluctuate and/or decline whilst menopause, or postmenopausal, describes women who have not experienced any menstrual flow for a minimum of a year, and whose ovaries have become inactive.
Menopause is a natural biological process. But the physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, and emotional symptoms of menopause may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy or affect emotional health. There are many effective treatments available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy.
What Are The Symptoms of Menopause?
A woman’s reproductive hormone levels continue to drop and fluctuate for some time into post-menopause, accompanied by symptoms that may take several years to disappear. Symptoms are similar to those leading up to menopause, which are listed below:
- Hot flashes and/or night sweats
- Irregular Periods
- Periods stop
- Dry skin and wrinkles
- Insomnia or restless sleep
- Stiffness and joint issues
- Loss of interest in sex (loss of libido)
- Vaginal dryness
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Changes in mood, such as feeling tired, irritable, depressed or anxious
- Loss of Muscle Tone
- Weight gain around the middle
- Lack of energy
- Stiffness and joint issues
- Unwanted facial hair
- Fuzzy thinking, difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
- Heart palpitations
- Urinary problems – such as recurrent urinary tract infections, loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence)
How Do We Treat All Stages of Menopause?
As a woman moves through each phase of menopause, hormone levels can fluctuate significantly, however, these vital hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone remain important for bones, vaginal and urethral health, skin, brain function and cardiovascular health. It is therefore important to effectively balance and replenish these hormones in order to maintain a woman’s health, energy, mood and brain function.
As every woman is unique, so are her hormones. Every woman has her ‘own’ menopause and thus every hormone solution is specifically designed for her.